Awesome Feeling 6: Opposite Sex ‘La Rat’

In the summer of 2011 Opposite Sex rhythm section, Lucy and Tim, relocated from Gisborne to Dunedin to find a bigger, colder, and more interesting place to live, play, and study. Teaming up with Dunedin’s micro-independent Fishrider Records, and with the assistance of their still Hamilton based lead guitarist, Fergus, the trio recorded a debut album of divisive wonderment, ramshackle off kilter pop, and utter uniqueness. Their sound simultaneously welcoming and alienating, the self-titled record created a wonderfully idiosyncratic universe of ever-progressing pop peculiarities, with musical reference points as disparate as the Pixies, the Minutemen, Abbey Road era Beatles and no-wave funk rock (if such a thing even exists.) It’s acclaimed too, with hefty praise from everyone from Uncut in the U.K, to the good folks at Cheese On Toast and Under the Radar.

‘La Rat’, one of the more straightforward post-punk pop-songs in their rapid-fire set of spooky waltzes and propulsive weirdness, and anchored by Lucy’s dexterous and percussive bass playing (often redolent of double kick drumming in a live setting), is still awash with ADHD hyperactivity. With Lucy’s oddly cute vocal given a sinister undercurrent when juxtaposed with the instrumentation, the burning liquid leads of Fergus’ disarming guitar continually slice her pretty voice in half, aided by Tim’s rough and raw drumming. Overall though, it remains an insidiously hooky piece of alternative pop, and a welcome addition to Awesome Feeling 6.

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From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. The Corner decided to pick up on that for the fifth volume and we’re back again for round six. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.

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